26 Day Magical Christmas Markets with Imperial Europe and Paris
Magical Christmas Markets with Imperial Europe and Paris
From: Paris to Frankfurt
Countries Visited: France, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
( Brochure Price:
$ 15,640 pp )
Our Price: $14,858 pp
1. Arrive Paris
From grand cities filled with glorious architecture to enchanting fairytale villages and spectacular valleys, this journey is set to be simply magnificent. Arrive in Paris, the City of Light. You will be met at the airport and then transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight as anticipation builds for the trip ahead.
2. Paris, Versailles
Enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour of Paris. Afterwards, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV’s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.
This evening, after your chosen activity, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge. Delight in this iconic Parisian cabaret, captured in the famous paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.
4. Paris, Ghent, Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Travel by coach through northern France and into Belgium. Arrive in Ghent and enjoy a light lunch while cruising along the city’s canals. Continue to Amsterdam and board your ship. After dinner on board, you may like to explore at your own pace.
Explore Amsterdam your way, thanks to a range of activities on offer today. Come evening, enjoy a Gala Welcome Diner on board.
6. Cologne, Bonn, Andernach
Tour Cologne and sample local beers and snacks on a walking tour.
Approach the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River today, where crumbling ruins cling to rocky cliffs and rolling hillsides are marked with perfectly planted vineyards. Your ship later docks at the town of Rüdesheim.
Spend the day in Miltenberg, where you may select from two activities.
Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity.
Explore Bamberg’s Old Town. Afterwards, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal.
Delve into Nuremberg’s history during today’s activity.
Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.
13. Passau, Linz
Select from a two activities here today.
14. Melk, Dürnstein
Disembark in Melk and set out on your chosen activity. Later, your ship cruises to Dürnstein where you will enjoy some free time to explore.
Today, enjoy a special festive guided tour of Vienna. Walk through the beautifully decorated city centre and enjoy a stop at the charming Christmas markets at City Hall. Here, sample spiced wine and gingerbread before free time to browse the market. Later, take in an enchanting Christmas recital in a local church.
Tailor your second day in Vienna with a choice of activities.
Travel to Schönbrunn Palace for a guided tour before free time to explore the famous Christmas market right in front of the palace. Afterwards, see how traditional apple strudel is prepared at the Residenz Café.
18. Vienna, Mondsee, Salzburg
Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to Mondsee. Here, see St Michael's Church, the film setting for Maria and Georg von Trapp's wedding in The Sound of Music. Later, arrive in Salzburg, where you will enjoy dinner.
See the famous sights of Salzburg, including the birthplace of Mozart and the charming Residenzplatz in the Old Town. Afterwards, enjoy free time to wander the enchanting Christmas markets and perhaps sample some local treats such as gingerbread.
20. Salzburg, Berchtesgaden, Kitzbühel
Travel to Kitzbühel, founded in the 16th century as a silver and copper mining town. Today, it is considered one of Europe's premier ski resorts, offering sublime vistas in the Austrian Alps. Arrive at your hotel, situated in the heart of the city's old town.
21. Kitzbühel, Ettal, Oberammergau, Munich
Travel to Ettal and visit Linderhof Palace and Park. King Luwig II, who was crowned king in 1864, began construction of this masterpiece in 1867. Continue to historic Oberammergau, renowned for its Passion Play. Later, arrive in Munich.
Tour Munich, followed by some time at the Christmas markets. Afterwards, select your preferred sightseeing.
23. Munich, Black Forest
Visit the magical hilltop Hohenzollern Castle, a grand 11th-century fortress set atop Mount Hohenzollern in a dramatic setting. Afterwards, travel into the Black Forest region.
24. Black Forest
Discover the beauty of the region on your chosen activity.
25. Black Forest, Stuttgart, Frankfurt
Travel to Stuttgart and visit the Mercedes-Benz Car Museum, a unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture. Afterwards, continue to Frankfurt and enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
26. Depart Frankfurt
Today your Magical Christmas Markets journey draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.